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I'm writing a paper and would like to know whether my quoted sentence is right or not.

To add more information, I have an improved algorithm which needs a threshold size. If we set that threshold size to a low value, algorithm 1 plays leading role, and if we set it to a high value then algorithm 2 plays leading role.

From what was said, it is clear that it could be argued that what is the best threshold because of trade-off between using algorithm 1 and algorithm 2.

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Although I've improved the question (I think!) this is still proof-reading or ghost-writing, which is off-topic. It might be possible to rescue the question and make it on-topic, perhaps asking about usage of trade-off generically (so I won't vote to close yet), but that will probably end up being General Reference. – Andrew Leach Dec 19 '12 at 8:39
That's not an actual sentence. – Kristina Lopez Dec 19 '12 at 8:47
Off topic (writing advice/critique). – MετάEd Dec 19 '12 at 13:17
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A trade-off (or tradeoff) is a situation that involves losing one quality or aspect of something in return for gaining another quality or aspect. It often implies a decision to be made with full comprehension of both the upside and downside of a particular choice; the term is also used in an evolutionary context, in which case the selection process acts as the "decision-maker".

So is this the case with your algorithms?

Also if it is clear, then there is no need to argue

Here is what I would find a better use of trade-off

From what was said, it can be argued which is the best threshold due to the trade-off between the slowness of algorithm 1 and the higher cpu-usage of algorithm 2.

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Yup. Trade-offs exist between alternatives. – dmckee Dec 20 '12 at 2:00

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